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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap SIGNUPS CLOSED! Sendouts 4/22! on: April 10, 2015 08:30:28 PM
I have one small finished. And I have 2 mediums and 1 teeny tiny almost finished.  Grin
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Marvel Comics Nursery on: April 01, 2015 07:34:30 AM
Oh my glob, I love the rug! I'm stuck in a grown up body but I need a rug like that. Smiley
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap SIGNUPS CLOSED! Sendouts 4/22! on: March 26, 2015 07:39:48 PM
Got just about all of my supplies on Tuesday and I started crafting tonight.  Grin
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Craft My Fandom Swap SIGNUPS CLOSED! Sendouts 4/22! on: March 22, 2015 07:16:21 PM
Oh Phoenix, I'm so sorry to hear that!

***Hugs!***
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Sewn TMNT and Spider-Man Hats on: February 10, 2015 08:24:39 PM
In January, I saw this post over at Geek Crafts (http://geekcrafts.com/15758-geeky-winter-hat-patterns-and-diys/) that leads to a page over at Instructables, and I bookmarked it because I knew my niece and I would need our own TMNT hats. (She's almost five and decided all by herself that she likes TMNT. Me, I like them too, but I'm just looking for an excuse to wear a fun hat. And well, her love for Spider-Man was a seed I planted.)


Obligatory geek picture of moi and my Rafael hat.

I did cheat slightly and I used felt instead of polar fleece I had an awesome gift card to AC Moore and they sell large folded, thick pieces of felt. It sewed very nicely and it wasn't like the thinner, individually sold felt pieces meant for lesser crafting.

I did find a few things about this pattern I will do differently for an adult sized hat:
  • Make the mask longer and thinner.
    Sew the eyes onto the mask before sewing the mask onto the hat.
    Make the ear flap ties longer.

The directions on the page are easy enough, but it took me a little longer than it should have, because I kept going back to re-read the directions, and I still managed to make a few (fixable) mistakes. And it's easy enough to adapt. While working on the TMNT hat tonight, I realized something else. That pattern is very forgiving when it comes to sewing straight lines.

For example: say you're not the world's greatest sewing (I'm raising my hand here), and you don't get the earflap piece sewn to the beanie part completely straight. If your sew line is a little wonky, it's alright because you're going to put that mask on straight and it will actually straddle both the entire earflap piece and the beanie part at the same time. It's going to hide your wonky lines.


My niece's Spider-Man hat.

The Spider-Man hat is just a variation of the TMNT hat. It obviously doesn't have a mask piece, but the eye pieces are sewn on separately. I first sewed the white "lens" to the black felt with my machine, and then I did a series of tiny black hand stitches around the outside of the black to sew it to the red.

For this hat, there's no hiding a wonky sew line if you get it crooked. But the directions/pattern there at Instructables makes this a wildly easy design to change for different characters. I'm thinking I may need an R2-D2 hat and a stormtrooper hat too.

And tomorrow night, I'll have my own Spider-Man hat as well. Smiley
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Miss Argentina (Beetlejuice) on: February 07, 2015 12:13:54 PM
Love her! ***ROCKS***

Plus, I added her to Geek Crafts: http://geekcrafts.com/15833-miss-argentina-poppet-from-beetlejuice/
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: A lovely lady kitty portrait on: January 29, 2015 07:37:00 PM
Oh God, that is ridiculously cute!!! Maybe I need to do one of my cat. Smiley
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Redid an 80's Lamp on: January 29, 2015 04:17:43 PM
I just finished up a lamp I got from a friend of mine. It was actually a trade we made at the end of a yard sale we had in October: one of these lamps from her for a floor/gaming rocker from me, because neither one of them sold.

When she moved into the house she now lives in, it was because the previous owner had passed away in his home after a long illness. His family removed most of his belongings and they said she could do whatever she wanted with the rest. It was some late 70's/80's knick knacks, some coffee cups and some furniture. She had two of these lamps, still with the original large papery shades. She put just about everything up for sale. With my ct being such a spaz in the house, I figured I better get a back-up lamp, because she already knocked one over.


Before: it still had an original price tag on it that read $99.99 from Montgomery Ward.


The brass was very tarnished.


There are 3-4 coats of a textured spray paint that I got from my favorite store (A.C. Moore) that was on clearance.


I had to take the harp off for the new lampshade.


I also used some of the leftover Behr paint from my sewing machine cabinet, and picked up a new lampshade from Target. You almost can't see the lavender, but there's a touch of it on top as well as on the bottom.

I actually figured that she might want me to do this to her remaining lamp, but she said she doesn't like the lamp no matter what is done to it. It's actually a very sturdy, nice lamp, despite still having that oversized, curvy 80's decor body. But then again, I am a child of the 80's so I guess that's why this appeals to me. Smiley

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: In a roof not so far away... on: November 30, 2014 05:54:04 PM
Oh God, those are too cute!!!!  Shocked

***Rocks***
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Re-finished a sewing machine cabinet on: November 24, 2014 05:42:54 PM
Thanks so much! This was my second piece of refinished furniture. The first was an old pine or oak bench from the same friend. This is what I've learned while working on this cabinet:

--Strip the wood first, and then worry about the sanding. I did it in reverse with my little bench. Smiley It smoothed out the wood but it makes it harder to remove the stain.
--When you are using the wood cleaner to remove the stripper residue, it seems to work better if you pour it on the wood directly, let it sit for a moment and then start wiping it away. Think about using it the same way you apply wood stain. The stain I removed here turned very thick and goopy and sticky. Rubbing it off by hand didn't do enough.
--When you are using the wood cleaner to remove sawdust after sanding, apply it with a rag. If you pour it on like you did to remove the stripper, the wood takes on a white/ashy look when it dries. At least, this old mahogany did.
--Make your local dollar store your best friend. Get yourself a plastic or silicone basting brush and a dough scraper, as well as rubber gloves. I got a Betty Crocker brush and scraper at my local Dollar Tree for applying and scraping off the stripper, and they were AWESOME!

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